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Tina Lee Cheng, M.D., M.P.H.

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Director, Department of Pediatrics

Professor of Pediatrics


Expertise: Adolescent Medicine, General Pediatrics, Pediatrics

Research Interests: Teen pregnancy and parenting; Violence epidemiology, prevention and interventions; Child and adolescent injury; Primary care; Child health disparities more

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Tina Cheng, M.D., M.P.H.,  is the Given Foundation Professor of Pediatrics, director of the Department of Pediatrics for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and pediatrician-in-chief of The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Cheng is also co-director of the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and works closely with David Hackam, M.D., Ph.D., chief of pediatric surgery, to help manage the Children’s Center’s clinical and research centers. 

Dr. Cheng, who has developed community-integrated models of primary care to address the needs of vulnerable children, adolescents and families, currently serves as a professor of pediatrics in the school of medicine with a joint appointment in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is also director of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, vice chair of the Department of Pediatrics in the school of medicine and chief of the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Additionally, she oversees Johns Hopkins’ Harriet Lane Clinic, as well as Johns Hopkins Bayview’s Pediatric Center for emergency and inpatient care, the Children’s Medical Practice, and the Center for Addiction and Pregnancy pediatric practice. 

Dr. Cheng is also an educator, researcher and administrator. She founded the Generations Clinic in Washington, D.C., a teen and tot clinic that has been recognized as an evidence-based best practice in reducing rapid repeat pregnancy. She is also co-leading an innovative model of school health at the KIPP Baltimore schools to improve health and academic outcomes.

Dr. Cheng’s clinical work, teaching and research focus on child and adolescent health disparities. She has been a principal investigator for the National Institutes of Health-funded DC-Baltimore Research Center on Child Health Disparities with Howard University and Children’s National Medical Center since 2002, and through this work developed a research action agenda on child health disparities. She also led the establishment of Johns Hopkins Centro SOL: Center for Salud/Health and Opportunity for Latinos and the Rales Center for the Integration of Health and Education. These centers address health disparities through multisector, community-oriented innovation.

With more than 150 publications, Dr. Cheng is a widely recognized expert in her field, and she is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and seminars. She has been the principal investigator on numerous federal and foundation grants, and has conducted randomized trials of primary care and emergency department-initiated interventions in partnership with community services to promote positive youth development and family health. 

Dr. Cheng earned her medical degree from Brown University and her master’s degree in public health with a focus in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley. She completed her pediatric residency at the University of California, San Francisco, and served as pediatric chief resident at San Francisco General Hospital. more


  • Director, Department of Pediatrics
  • Pediatrician-in-Chief, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Given Foundation Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Professor of Pediatrics



  • MD, Brown University School of Medicine (1986)


  • University of California San Francisco / Pediatrics (1990)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics / Pediatrics (1990)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Cheng’s research involves understanding child, parent, clinician and community perspectives on health, and developing and evaluating innovative approaches to improving health for vulnerable children and adolescents.

She has been involved in the evaluation of innovative primary care models and policy issues on the future of primary care, including the Future of Pediatric Education (FOPE II) project, the Health Resources and Services Administration Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry, and the American Board of Pediatrics Residency Review and Redesign Project (R3P).

She is currently a principal investigator for the NIH-funded DC Baltimore Research Center on Child Health Disparities with Howard University and Children's National Medical Center.

Clinical Trials

A Multi-Center Randomized Controlled Trial of Mentoring to Prevent Youth Violence (TC2)

Activities & Honors


  • Public Policy and Advocacy Award, Academic Pediatric Association, 2012
  • Job Lewis Smith Award for Community Pediatrics, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2012
  • Diversity Recognition Award, Johns Hopkins Diversity Leadership Council, 2008

Professional Activities

  • Steering Committee, Centro SOL: Johns Hopkins Center for Salud/(Health) and Opportunity for Latinos, Baltimore, MD
  • Past President, Academic Pediatric Association (APA), McLean, VA
  • Chair, Committee on Pediatric Research, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Washington, DC
  • Liaison, Committee on Federal Government Affairs, American Academy of Pediatrics, Washington, DC

Videos & Media

Lectures and Presentations

  • Research Integrity, the Importance of Mentor/Mentee Relationships
  • October 3, 2014 – Toxic Stuff
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